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Colabello and Buchholz for Frieri

May 14, 2014

Frodo gives: Chris Colabello, Clay Buchholz

Assclowns gives: Ernesto Frieri

Regular readers already guessed GCBL Blog’s position on this deal, as regular readers know our position on trading for closers. Just don’t do it. What’s worse than trading for a closer? Trading for one like Frieri whose leash is so short that he’s already lost his job once this year.So Assclowns wins if we’re trying to be consistent..

But let’s be honest: there isn’t much coming back. Clay Buchholz is the Girl with the Curl who has been horrid enough times that in our league he might not be rosterable. Chris Colabello, well, his team tried to sell him … to Korea. I guess every dog has his day (except in Korea?), and Colabello started hot. He’s fallen to earth, but a lofty .341 BABIP suggests there’s still further to go.

So closers are nothing, but this might be nothing-for-nothing, and Frodo’s freed up a roster spot. Is this the closer trade that works? Never say never I guess.

Extra Bags, Hipster Cultural Reference Edition:

There Was a Little Girl” by Longfellow


There was a little girl

Who had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good

She was very good indeed–

But when she was bad she was horrid.


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